Our Dog-Friendly Back Yard is Filling In

Back in April, we had our back yard redone by the great folks at Rain Country Gardens. Now that things have had about three months to grow, I thought it would be fun to show how it’s all filling in.


The path to the other end of the yard


Things are filling in nicely


I love how inviting it all looks.


Looking back toward the rock wall


Little plants just waiting to grow


Nice and lush

The only thing that didn’t do well were the plants with the little purple flowers that were supposed to spread up by the deck and by the patio. I think only about 5% of the plants made it. If I were a gardener I might know what kind of plant they were, but…

Keeping the weeds under control has been fairly easy. I just weed in chunks and do it after it’s been watered. The weeds come out easily.

We love spending time in our back yard this summer. We added some little lights along the gutters on the house and some solar lights along the path, so it’s like a little oasis back there in the evening.

Our Transformed, Dog-Friendly Back Yard

Our back yard was in desperate need of a makeover. All of the rain and the shade from the tall trees resulted in lots of mud and moss in our back yard. We’ve tried to no avail to get grass to grow back there, but nothing seemed to work.

We met Wyatt of Gardening with Wyatt and his owners at Canines Uncorked last year. I remembered that they have a landscape design business, so I contacted them to see if they had any dog-friendly ideas for our back yard. They had some awesome ideas, so this past week the great folks at Rain Country Gardens transformed our back yard into a dog-friendly, suburban oasis.


The patch of grass that we could never get to grow
Our leggy rhododendrons
You have to love that Oregon moss
Our lonely garden bench
Another view of the old back yard
We needed some serious help in the back yard


Wyatt to the rescue!
Look at all that Wyatt got done in a few short days
A new path to the other end of the yard

The low plants should fill in to make a carpet of green.

No more leggy rhodies
Makes you want to stroll through the yard, doesn't it?
I love how inviting it all looks.
Kendall wants to know when you're coming over to help her enjoy her new back yard.

We’ll be sure to post pictures throughout the year as the plants fill in.